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ABOUT Awkward.

The highly anticipated second season of MTV’s scripted comedy series “Awkward” will premiere on Thursday, June 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, with 12 all-new half-hour episodes.  The series will air immediately following an original episode of “Snooki & JWOWW” at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

“Awkward” is about the specific incidents in our formative years that define us, sometimes for the best and sometimes for the worst.  The show centers around fifteen-year-old Jenna Hamilton, whose life changes when a simple accident becomes a misunderstanding of epic proportions that leads everyone to believe she tried to commit suicide.  Season one concluded with Jenna choosing Jake over Matty and the stunning revelation that Jenna’s mom wrote the carefrontation letter. 

Season two will pick up in the aftermath of these momentous events, exploring the theme of resolution as Jenna begins to examine her relationships with her family, friends and the two guys she’s torn between. 

The first season of “Awkward” averaged a 2.1 P12-34 rating, with the special one-hour season finale scoring a 2.5 P12-34 rating and 2.2 million viewers.*

The series will air internationally on MTV channels around the world beginning September 2012. 

“Awkward” stars Ashley Rickards as Jenna, Beau Mirchoff as Matty, Molly Tarlov as Sadie, Jillian Rose Reed as Tamara, Brett Davern as Jake, Nikki DeLoach as Lacey, Desi Lydic as Valerie, Jessica Lu as Ming, Mike Faiola as Kevin and Greer Grammer as Lissa.

The series was created by Lauren Iungerich.  Iungerich and Erin Ehrlich serve as executive producers.

*Source: Nielsen. Live+SD. Awkward Season 1: 7/19/11-9/27/11.


Ashley Rickards, a writer and former competitive equestrian, graduated high school at the age of 15 with honors. She is currently continuing her college education in between work.  Ashley is in post-production for the dark coming-of-age movie “Sassy Pants,” in which she plays the lead and she also recently appeared in “Fly Away,” a story centered on a mother and her autistic teen daughter.  Her past films include "Gamer" and “Spoonfed” and she has also starred in various TV shows, including “One Tree Hill,” “Entourage,” “Ugly Betty,” and “CSI:NY.”

Beau Mirchoff, a native Victorian on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, was discovered at 16 in Vancouver for his first major role, “Scary Movie 4.”  Since then, he scored a series regular role on “Desperate Housewives,” a recurring role on CBC’s “Heartland” series, and a lead in “Grudge 3.”      

Born and raised in Manhattan, New York, Molly Tarlov attended the Little Red School House. She started studying acting at the age of ten.  As Molly got older she spent her summers at Interlochen Center for the Arts--and in Paris studying with NYU's Tisch program. Tarlov trained in a range of acting styles and eventually received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bennington College.  Additional training included The Atlantic Theater Company and the LAByrinth Theater Master Class. She went on to do several TV appearances including "iCarly" and the ABC Family series "Huge."

By the time Jillian was thirteen, she had performed in over thirty musicals at the theater in her hometown of Northville, Michigan.  Jillian’s passion for the industry continued to grow, as did her love for the camera when she signed on with a Michigan talent agent and booked several commercials and voice-overs in the greater Detroit and Chicago markets. Since moving to Los Angeles, Jillian has established herself as a working actor landing a recurring role on the Showtime series “Weeds,” along with guest star roles on “The Middle,” “Community” and “Hung.”

Brett Davern began performing in local theatre as a young boy and while in high school, earned a scholarship to “Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center,” and then studied theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.  After graduating, he landed a role in Chad Lowe’s directorial debut, “Beautiful Ohio,” opposite Oscar-winner William Hurt, Emmy-winner Julianna Margulies and Rita Wilson.  He has also appeared in the independent feature “Junk,” starred opposite Mathew Lillard and Rachelle Lefevre in “Pool Boys” and played the introverted ‘Whisper’ in the feature film “Triple Dog.”  His television credits include “CSI: Miami,” “In Plain Sight,” “Medium,” and “Cold Case,” in which he played Kathryn Morris’ younger, troubled brother in a recurring role.

Desi Lydic’s TV credits include CBS’s “Two and a Half Men,” FOX’s “Mixed Signals,” “The League” on FX and “The Bobby Lee Show” for Comedy Central. She also appeared in the improvised pilot “With a Bullet” opposite Jane Lynch and Ashton Kutcher's “The Real Wedding Crashers” on NBC.  She will next be seen in Cameron Crowe’s feature “We Bought a Zoo” opposite Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson as well as Jay Chandrasekhar’s feature “The Babymakers” opposite Olivia Munn.  Recent credits include the comedic feature film “Stan Helsing”and she can also be seen in the mockumentary feature film, “Darnell Dawkins Mouth Guitar Legend.”

NIKKI DELOACH “LACEY”             
Nikki DeLoach began her career in the entertainment business at the early age of eight.  By the time she was 12-years-old, she became one of the new additions to "The Mickey Mouse Club" along with Justin, Christina, Britney and Ryan Gosling.   Nikki went on to work both in the music industry, as an artist signed to RCA records and BMG, and as a successful actor in film and television.  She recently appeared in “Love & Other Drugs” opposite Jake Gyllenhaal.  She has also starred in various TV shows such as “Cold Case,” “Without A Trace,” “CSI: NY,” “North Shore” and “Windfall.” 

Greer Grammer, born and raised in Southern California is no stranger to the entertainment industry. After performing her first play at the age of 5, she fell in love with the art of performance and continued to take acting classes, voice lessons, as well as study ballet and jazz dance. She also studied musical theatre at Idyllwild Arts Academy for her freshman and sophomore year of high school before returning to Los Angeles to pursue acting as a professional career. Greer landed roles on the hit TV show "iCarly" and an independent film "Almost Kings" before booking her part as Lissa on "Awkward.”  She currently attends the University of Southern California as a Theatre major.

Jessica Lu currently stars as the down-to-earth Ming Huang on “Awkward.” The Asian-American actress will also be playing the role of Tabitha on Ryan Murphy's (Glee) new show, “The New Normal,” airing this fall on NBC. Jessica has also appeared in the TV series Law & Order: LA, CSI, and 90210. Jessica grew up in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois where she spent her childhood and high school days developing her love of theater and the performing arts. Jessica went on to attend Columbia College in Chicago where she starred as the lead role in the musical, Flower Drum Song. Jessica graduated with honors from Columbia College in Chicago with a degree in Musical Theatre Performance.   Jessica's talents range from musical theater to modeling to acting on film. As a successful model she has worked with established brands including: Got Milk?, Claire's Boutique, Marshall Fields, Montgomery Wards, Sears, and Carson Pirie Scott. Her modeling career also includes commercial work for Samsung, Kaiser Permanente, McDonalds, Ford Motors and Orville Redenbacher Popcorn.

A Los Angeles native, Mike Faiola set off to college to become a journalist. It wasn’t until he graduated from the University of California, at Santa Barbara that his interest quickly shifted to acting. Mike immediately gravitated toward the talented group of actors who make up Tim Robbins’ prestigious “Actor's Gang,” where he had the privilege to train with and learn from some of the most skilled stage and screen actors in the country.  He continuously works in both film and television including a series regular role in the series “Quarterlife,” guest appearances on “Grey's Anatomy,” “CSI: Miami,” “Modern Family,” and “Ugly Betty,” as well as, the features “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” and “Seeing Other People.”

Lauren Iungerich (pronounced: you-know-rick) started her career as an assistant to Arnold Kopelson- the academy award winning producer of "Platoon", "The Fugitive" and "Seven".  She went on to work as a feature film development executive, writing at night and on weekends. In 2000 she quit her exec job to write full-time and now works consistently in television, film and new media as a writer, director and producer.  As a writer she's developed projects for The Weinstein Company, Warner Bros., CBS Studios, The CW, Fox 21, ABC Family, Akiva Goldsman, Mel Gibson, Raja Gosnell, Kiefer Sutherland, Salma Hayek and MTV.  A self-described American Bridget Jones, Lauren has no problem embarrassing herself or writing about it.  She gives good phone. Good email. And the occassional good text.  She likes cats.  She likes tchockies. But ironically, she doesn't like cat-themed tchockies.  She's complicated like that.

The “AWKWARD SLANGTIONARY” highlights some of the phrases featured in the show.  

Back-Up Pants
Definition:  The extra set of pants a girl or her friends keep stashed at school for monthly visitor emergencies.

Definition:  Dorks, nerd boys, or goobers; Guys you don’t want to be seen with in public.

Big Fail Mary
Definition:  Something that does not go as planned.

Definition:  Awesome.

Definition:  Beyond awesome.

Definition:  Boobs.

Definition:  Brilliant.

Bumping Of Uglies or Bumping Uglies
Definition of:  Hooking up

Call Shenanigans or Shenanigans
Definition:   Calling ‘BS’

Definition: A casual intervention facilitated with people who care about you when they think you need help.

Definition:  So cheesy it’s almost cool.

Definition:  Stalker; Weirdo; Freak.

Definition:  Define the relationship;  The uncomfortable talk no one wants to have about their dating status.

Definition:  The transparent look on someone’s face that lets you know what they’re feeling;  Saying something in person that you would normally only have the balls to say over email.

Definition: A relationship that has yet to evolve past the flirting stage.

Definition: Reacting in a stunned or jarring way.

Definition: The lay of the land in regards to how many friends you have.

Genie In A Bottle
Definition: Genius

H-2-T Gorge
Definition:  Head- to-toe gorgeous.

Haiku Advice
Definition:  Nonsensical advice

Hitting Shuffle On The Subject
Definition: Changing the subject

House Arrest
Definition:  Being grounded.

Definition: Messed up.

Definition:  Jealous.

Definition:  The end of the world brought on by one’s own bad karma.

Definition:  Small party; Get-together.

Lady Business
Definition:  Anything having to do with ‘lady parts’.

Definition:  Creep;  Stalker;  Freak.

Major May-Jor
Definition:  So major you have to say it with a Spanish accent.

Nancy Drew This
Definition:  Over-Analyzing.

Neck-2-T Lasered
Definition: Neck-to-toe laser hair removal.

Definition: Obvious.

Old Testament
Definition:  Out dated; Old School.

Definition: A Step Beyond “Game Over”;  The real end of gaming playing in a game or a relationship.

Pulling A Britney
Definition: Going to a crazy place.

Definition: Gross; Nasty.

Recessive Chub
Definition: Fat you can’t control with diet and exercise.

Resident Evil
Definition: Pure Evil.

Sequestered To The Kiss And Cry Zone
Definition: Having been iced out.

Shame Spiral
Definition:  Having a nervous breakdown.

Definition:  This is awkward.

Definition: Freak out.

Definition: Stoked; Excited; Amped.

Ugly Cry
Definition: Crying so hard your make-up runs and your face gets puffy.

Definition: The scale or measurement of weird.


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